Happy Textiles Tuesday!

Posted October 22, 2019

Today is Textiles Tuesday, part of Waste Reduction Week in Canada running from October 21 to 27, 2019.

During this week, 23 organizations from the industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) sector as well as municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) are participating in Partners in Project Green’s fourth annual Recycling Collection Drive, a campaign that promotes the reuse and recycling of clothing and household textiles.

Bentall Kennedy employees take part in Partners in Project Green Recycling Collection Drive

This campaign will encourage more than 30,000 employees to bring clothing and household textiles to 64 collection locations at their workplaces.

The Recycling Collection Drive’s program partner is Diabetes Canada. All net clothing donations will support diabetes research, education, and advocacy programs.

Longos employees take part in Partners in Project Green Recycling Collection Drive
Grand and Toy employees  take part in Partners in Project Green Recycling Collection Drive

“With 85 percent of clothing currently being sent to landfill, the Recycling Collection Drive is a great way for businesses and municipalities, and their employees, to pitch in and help ensure this valuable material does not end up in landfills,” said Simon Langer, Manager, Government and Strategic Partnerships at Diabetes Canada.

“Collected material is reused and recycled, and all proceeds will go towards supporting the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes or pre-diabetes,” he added.

By getting involved in the Recycling Collection Drive, participants are also supporting the Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative’s (OTDC) public awareness campaign #GiveClothesANewLife.

Ontario Textile Diversion Collaborative public awareness campaign banner

The OTDC, a multi-stakeholder group committed to minimizing the amount of textiles going into landfill, created this campaign to educate people about textile waste and what they can do with clothes they no longer need.

The organizations participating in Recycling Collection Drive 2019 are:

Baby Point Gates Business Improvement Area
BentallGreenOak
CD Sonter Ltd.
City of Brampton
City of Mississauga
City of Toronto
City of Vaughan
Combined Metal Industries
Intact Insurance
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets
Metrolinx
Mother Parkers Tea and Coffee
QuadReal Property Group
Region of Peel
Schenker of Canada Limited
SodaStream Canada
Sun Life Financial
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Toronto Pearson
Town of Caledon
Unity Health Toronto
Velcro Canada Inc.
Weston Forest

The Recycling Collection Drive is one of Partners in Project Green’s waste management programs, which are designed to provide organizations with hands-on support to capture and divert waste materials, support local communities, and move towards a circular economy.